LISBON // Mesa de Frades


Our favorite Fado bar in Alfama has always been Mesa de Frades.  Located in the Palace of the King's mistress on Rua dos Remédios 139,  this was not a Fado bar for tourists.  No sign outside. No cheesy prix-fixe menu.  No annoying host standing on the street, beckoning you to come in.  Just a basement-style room with ancient hand-painted tiles on the wall and non-descript furniture with people sitting on it, annoyed when you opened the door while someone was singing.  Yes, the Mesa de Frades was a hard-core, old-school Fado bar where people came simply to listen to Fado. 

So when we eagerly arrived at their doorstep again this year, we were super sad to learn that Mesa had relocated.  Foolish, we were.  As they renovate this historic King's mistress' palace, the owners of Mesa have moved their no-tourist-Fado-bar to a new, equally breathtaking space further up the Alfama hill.  Tucked into a killer climb combo of stairs & cobble stones that will make your buns burn, the new Mesa locale is in a hollowed out former civil parish of Lisbon's Saint Antonio.  With vaulted ceilings, stone floors, and just one teeny tiny window way up high in the corner, this is a Fado bar's wet dream:  when the music starts, the Fado music fills the space with such fullness and simplicity that it makes your skin tingle as you sip your vinho branco.

Mesa de Fadres
São Mamede 8A
1100-532 Lisboa
(no website... that's how desperately they don't want tourists) 

LISBON // Cruzes Credo


We had walked passed it a thousand times. Literally: a thousand times. At least.  It was on our route to and fro the Castello Sao Jorge.  We had seen it, surely, and maybe commented on how we could stop there one day.  But we never did.  It was just kind of there, existing.  That's how understated it is.  Smack dab against the walls of Church Saint Antonio, Cruzes Credo Café is the unsung hero of Alfama's eateries.

It's all about the food.  Well that, and the Moorish wall looming above you like a silly reminder of how dangerous church's had it back in the middle ages (they were called refuge churches because, in addition to providing religious services, they also gave people somewhere to skidaddle should the city be under siege).  But anyways, Cruzes Credo is all about the food.  It's just so good.  All of it.  We should know, because within one week we ate there four times.  Four.  And had sampled most of the menu.  Well, maybe not most of it -- it's huge -- but a decent chunk of it.  Who knew such an unassuming, folded-chair, non-candle-lit café had a gourmet menu of buffalo and mozzarella, avocado burgers, shrimps sautéed in saffron, and a cheescake made of cottage cheese?

We didn't.  But we do now.  Thankfully.

Cruzes Credo Café
Cruzes da Sé, 29
Lisbon, Portugal
+ 21 882 2296


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THE PERFECT // fall shoe


Black Block Heel by MAISON MARGIELA
A block heel?  A wedge?  Something in between.  Buffed leather heels in black. Almond toe. Leather lining in tan. Signature white stitch at heel collar. Covered block heel. Leather sole in tan.  // $995 // Tonal stitching // Approx. 3.5" heel.

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Our First Ever Pop Up Shop... in Montreal!
We scoured la belle cite for a pop up shop location and immediately fell in love with this cute-as-a-button place in the Plateau.  Featuring some of the 'Best Of Brose' on sale at 90% (say what??), and some newer styles at, well, almost the same discount. Don't miss out on our daily #wineoclock at 5pm ;)

619 Duluth Street East
Montreal, QC
Starts September 20th, 2017
Daily 12-8pm 
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Giant Pixels Ebury Shopper
The leather squares have been individually heat bonded to suede for a luxurious, hologram finis that shimmers in the light. // £1,295.00 // H 26cm, W 52cm, D 15cm // Soft suede lining, large zipped pocket with gold-tone Anya Hindmarch bow and embossed logo

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MOMENT OF // Grand Piano + Balloons

NOSEY // Cendrier Loser chez COLETTE


Loser Ashtray by Colette
At the bottom of this product listing on, it simply says 'Ne Pas Manquer' (do not miss).  Thatabout sumsitup.
15 €  // Available at

STRIPES // are the new BLACK


Let's Get Incarcerated

In a complicated world, there’s something reassuring about clean, simple black-and-white, especially when it’s organized into wide, logical stripes.  The look is cool and assertive -- and smacks of self-possession.  Plus, it reminds me of the 80's, which is always a good thing.

Clockwise from top left: // Ports 1061 Pre-Fall 2017 // ScottSAAS // Natalie Joos, Caroline's Mode // Natalie Joos, Stockholm Street Style  // Helen Bordon, StyleCaster // Kitto Plant-Powered Super Fuel // Color Factory, San Francisco // Harper's Bazaar, Street Style FW17

OBSESSED // Chocolate Satin Oxford Pump


Paris Oxford Lucite Heel by SOPHIE BUHAI x MNZ
Chocolate satin lace-up oxford with square toe and clear lucite scultped block heel. 
$711 // 3.5" heel // 100% Satin // Made in Italy
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MOMENT OF // Rainbow Elevator Door


San Fransisco, CA -- Color Factory Exhibition
A 12,000 square feet of color experiences in downtown San Francisco, all captured and assembled together in a Pop-Up Art experience called Color Factory. This two-story interactive exhibition celebrates color and material, featuring work by some of our favorite artists and collaborators: Jacob Dahlgren, Tom Stayte, Geronimo Balloons, Tosha Stimage, Stanton Jones, Andrew Neyer & Andy J. Miller, Carissa Potter, Jessica Hische, Rebecca Wright, Randi Brookman Harris, Leah Rosenberg and Erin Jang. 

Opens August 2017 

#MTL / Marché Des Eclusiers


Originally opened in the summer of 2016 as a market for local farmers by the founders of super-hip brunch spot Fabergé in Mile-End, the Marché Des Eclusiers today is dedicated to showcasing the best products Quebec has to offer.  The marché brings together a community of producers, traders and consumers conscious of their diet, their ecological footprint and the sustainable development of local products such as veggies, fruits, fromage, jerky, skin care, and maple syrup.

Once you pass through the white arches, you can grab a spot along one of their benches, curl up in a plush sofa, or sink into one of their swings right along the water, facing the now defunct silos of Canada Malting that loom in the background like sad reminders of an era long gone.  The establishment consists of five different restaurants available on two levels, offering everything from smoothies & oysters to burgers & frites.

Least but not last: this be a dog-friendly spot. Pooches of all sizes and breeds are welcome with open paws.

Marché Des Eclusiers
400 de la Commune St W
Montreal, QC 
(438) 795-8265

HOSPITALITY // Digital Nomad Hotels


The idea of a hotel having a work-friendly space adjacent to the main lobby is far from novel.  

Free Wi-Fi, a sofa and a table or two is kind of a bare minimum situation for us most.  Not having it would be weird.  The odd time when I do happen to walk by that small table with a desktop computer, printer and a phone (or was it a fax?!), I stare at it in bewilderment as if it was some kind of pre-historic musem vignette reminding me of times past.  "Who would actually use that?" I wonder, as I ogle that sad lonely desk in a dimly lit corner of some far-off, forgotten room.

As a fellow digital nomad, mixing work with living space has become the norm not only just at home, but also in the places where I want to stay when I kick into full nomadic mode.  Especially when I intend on spending more than just a weekend, it's important that the space is not only conducive to work -- it's almost equally as important that the space be a gathering place for like-minded folk who are trying to change the world, how we work together, and how we connect to one another.

While renting an apartment on AirBnB is a great way to experience the local environment in a more authentic way, it doesn't exactly facilitate networking.  Enter the Community Hotel -- or Cooop Hotel, as it's sometimes also called --  a suitable alternative to digital nomads who want something more than just a local apartment. These "co-living" developments foster community building while offering a variety of rooming options ranging from shared bunk-beds to luxurious penthouse suites.  Typically the main floors are fully equipped with all of the modern technologies including flat screen TVs and projectors, in order to encourage group meetings and seminars.

The other bonus?  Despite their usually central location, the price ends up being 50-70% less than the average cost of staying at a hotel in a similar 'hood. 

Here are some of the best-in-class Community Hotels from around the world.

Paris, France - Mama Shelter
The Mama Shelter concept is a high-design and highly-affordable hotel that minimizes overhead while providing their guests everything they might need: iMacs in every room with integrated television, music and DVD controls, bathrooms with rain showers, heated towel racks, and Kiehl's products galore.  (View our original post here). 

New York City, New York -- Aloft
With more than 250 locations worldwide (including three in Manhattan alone), the Aloft Hotel group knows exactly how to mix work with fun.  Priding themselves on innovation by "bringing some of the coolest technology right into our lobby and rooms," and pool tables in every single location -- the Aloft experience is energetic and social.

Nunavik, Quebec -- Hôtel de la Coopérative de Kangiqsujuaq
Located in the heart of the village and near the airport, this co-op hotel includes 14 rooms and one shared kitchen for your convenience. Each room is equipped with a convenient workspace and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet acces, a mini-fridge, flatscreen television and private bathroom.  Perfect for those who want to get away from it all -- and get to work. 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands -- citizenM
With 12 hotels worldwide (and growing), citizenM is making it personal.  Whimsical greetings adorn the walls, hallways and elevators, and you have so many options in your (very small, but efficient) room for lighting, music and media, you will immediately feel at home.  But the emphasis is on the common space which has many different areas and vibes for working, socializing, eating -- or all of the above.

San Francisco, CA -- The Red Victorian Hotel
Dating from 1904, this bohemian community hotel and hostel with a striking red facade is two blocks from Golden Gate Bridge.  Today it houses an intentional community that supports creatives to connect and be in action around impactful projects, with 22 residents working to build a rich commons, and a gathering place for revolutionaries, artists and travelers. 

Montreal, Quebec -- Auberge Saint-Paul
With a firm reputation in the hotel industry, the Auberge Saint-Paul Hostel is the perfect place to meet people from around the world, and is a great base for discovering the city with its location across from the historic Marche Bonsecours at the Old Port.

OBSESSED // Cinema Lightbox


Big Lights, Bright Living Room
The new Color Changing My Cinema Lightbox lets you bring the charm of a bygone era into the present where we have, like, Netflix. Perfect for weddings or big parties, and a great way to splash some light into your home.

3-function LED Colors (white marquee, gradual color-changing, or hold the color on any solid color) // Includes 100 letters, numbers, and characters // Wall mounting option and USB input and cable Included // Requires 6xAA batteries (not included)

#MTL / Dolcetto & Co.


A rustic Italian wine bar, Dolcetto & Co. is a chilled out bistro perfectly situated for people watching on the central nerve of the heart of Old Montreal -- la Rue Saint Paul. The wine list has been carefully handpicked by the in-house sommelier and is privately imported by the owners. The simple menu is composed of tasty entrees such as grilled calamri and home-made lobster ravioli, paired with a main course of six delicious pizzettes (small pizzas), using strictly Italian charcuteries, cheeses, antipasta and -- my favorite -- foie gras. 

Dolcetto & Co.
51 Saint-Paul Sreet West
Montreal, QC
(514) 419-8522
Open Daily